Making art through computation

Chelsi Cocking is an interdisciplinary artist who explores the human body with the help of computers. For her work, she develops sophisticated software to use as her artistic tools, including facial detection techniques, body tracking software, and machine learning...

MIT Simmons Hall as an interactive canvas

It’s known on campus as “The Sponge.” But last month, undergraduate design major Karyn Nakamura transformed the iconic façade of Simmons Hall into a scintillating interactive canvas. “I didn’t know if we would get permission to project onto Simmons,” says...

“Visualizing the Proton” through animation and film

Try to picture a proton — the minute, positively charged particle within an atomic nucleus — and you may imagine a familiar, textbook diagram: a bundle of billiard balls representing quarks and gluons. From the solid sphere model first proposed by John Dalton in 1803...

Architecture isn’t just for humans anymore

In a rural valley of northwestern Nevada, home to stretches of wetlands, sagebrush-grassland, and dozens of natural springs, is a 3,800-acre parcel of off-grid land known as Fly Ranch. Owned by Burning Man, the community that yearly transforms the neighboring playa...

Bridging communities to reimagine cultural preservation

Many young people in rural communities around the world feel the need move to big cities in order to find work. The migration has unfortunate ripple effects. In the cities, people with less formal education are often relegated to slums and can become the victims of...